/seasons/2019/contrib/20191123tb2wsj

Second half comeback lifts W&J past Ithaca in ECAC Asa S. Bushnell Bowl

More news about: Washington and Jefferson

ITHACA, N.Y. -- The Washington & Jefferson College football team erased a 17-point third quarter deficit in a 20-17 comeback victory over host Ithaca College in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Asa S. Bushnell Bowl Saturday afternoon in upstate New York. 

The game-deciding touchdown came on a 50-yard interception return for touchdown by junior cornerback Delonta Nunnally (Waldorf, Md./Thomas Stone) with 6:42 to play.

Mike Williams (Pittsburgh, Pa./Langley) was named Most Valuable Player, as the senior defensive lineman recorded six tackles, 2.5 sacks, a forced fumble and his first career interception. Williams finished his senior season with 11 sacks and 16.5 tackles for loss. 

A blocked punt set up Ithaca with an opportunity to crack the scoreboard first late in the opening quarter. The Presidents defense rose to the challenge to limit the Bombers to a 42-yard field goal at the 4:39 mark of the first. The Bombers extended their lead to 10-0 on a 59-yard touchdown pass by Joe Germinerio to Will Gladney with 1:13 left in the first quarter. An interception by Williams at the 7:10 mark of the second quarter allowed the Presidents to keep the halftime deficit at 10-0.

The Bombers used a eight-play, 63-yard drive to find the end zone on their opening drive of the third quarter. Ithaca capped the scoring drive with a four-yard run to take a 17-0 lead at the 8:51 mark of the third quarter.

The Presidents began the comeback late in the third quarter when the offense found life. W&J drove 91 yards on just five plays to reach the end zone for the first time in the game. A 37-yard reception by junior wide receiver Jordan Halford (Gainesville, Va./Battlefield) set up a nine-yard touchdown pass by senior quarterback Jacob Adams(Louisville, Ohio/Louisville) to junior receiver Josh Burns (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon) with 1:42 left in the third. A failed point after put the Ithaca lead at 17-6. 

In the early stages of the fourth quarter, senior Nick Getz (Tyrone, Pa./Tyrone) forced a fumble that was recovered by junior linebacker Cole Weston (Louisville, Ohio/Louisville). That set up the Presidents with solid field position near midfield at their own 43-yard line. This time the W&J offense would put together an eight play, 57-yard scoring drive. Adams would connect with Halford on a 26-yard touchdown pass with 9:43 to play. A successful two-point pass by Adams to senior running back Jordan West (Washington, Pa./Washington) brought the Presidents within three points at 17-14. 

On the ensuing possession, the W&J defense came through again, forcing its fifth turnover of the game. The interception return for touchdown by Nunnally put the Presidents ahead for good with 6:43 to play.

Ithaca had one last chance, as the Bombers took over with 2:26 remaining in the fourth. Ithaca would mark down the field to set up first-and-goal at the W&J nine-yard line. After a five-yard run on first down, the Bombers were stuffed for no gain on second down and then a fade pass into the end zone fell incomplete. Instead of taking a 21-yard field goal to tie the score and force overtime, Ithaca elected to go for it on fourth-and-goal at the four-yard line. The Bombers run attempt was stopped short at the two-yard line by Nunnally and sophomore Mitch DeZort (Tarentum, Pa./Highlands). 

Germinerio, the reigning D3football.com Team of the Week quarterback, was sacked seven times, threw two interceptions and lost two fumbles in the loss. Germinerio completed 22-of-33 passes for 260 yards and one touchdown.

Adams finished with 24-of-39 for 275 passing yards and two touchdowns. Burns finished with nine catches for 75 yards and a score. Max Garda (Lower Burrell, Pa./Burrell) and Sean Doran (New Castle, Pa./Neshannock) paced the defense with 14 tackles each. 

The win allowed the Presidents to finish the campaign with an 8-3 overall record. The loss was the third in the past four games for the Bombers, who finish 2019 with an 8-3 mark. 

Sep. 24: All times Eastern
6:00 PM
Western Connecticut at Bridgewater State
Video Live stats Tickets
Sep. 25: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Worcester State at Mass-Dartmouth
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Westfield State at Framingham State
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Alfred State at Defiance
Video Preview Live stats
12:00 PM
Lycoming at Stevenson
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Adrian at Finlandia
Video
12:00 PM
MIT at Dean
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Kean at Merchant Marine
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Rowan at Salve Regina
Video Live stats Audio
12:00 PM
Gallaudet at Greensboro
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Massachusetts Maritime
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Western New England at Salisbury
Video Preview Live stats
12:00 PM
Misericordia at FDU-Florham
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Widener at Albright
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Alfred at Kalamazoo
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
St. John Fisher at RPI
Video Live stats Audio
12:00 PM
Northwestern (Minn.) at Hope
Video Preview Preview Live stats Audio
12:30 PM
Franklin and Marshall at Ursinus
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Trinity (Conn.) at Bowdoin
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Bates at Middlebury
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Union at Utica
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
N.C. Wesleyan at LaGrange
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Springfield at Husson
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Huntingdon at Brevard
Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
Dickinson at Susquehanna
Video Video Live stats
1:00 PM
King's at Lebanon Valley
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Randolph-Macon
Video Live stats Audio Tickets
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Kenyon
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Apprentice at Ferrum
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Guilford
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Bridgewater at Emory and Henry
Video Live stats Audio Tickets
1:00 PM
Juniata at Gettysburg
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
UW-Eau Claire at Albion
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Alvernia at Wilkes
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Southern Virginia at Methodist
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Colby at Amherst
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Grove City at Westminster (Pa.)
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
TCNJ at Nichols
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
SUNY-Maritime at William Paterson
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Hamilton at Wesleyan
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Olivet at Millsaps
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Marietta at Capital
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Heidelberg at Baldwin Wallace
Video Live stats Audio
1:30 PM
Otterbein at Ohio Northern
Video Preview Live stats Tickets
1:30 PM
Anna Maria at Coast Guard
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Wilmington at Muskingum
Video Preview Preview Live stats
1:30 PM
Christopher Newport at Catholic
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Mount Union at John Carroll
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Williams at Tufts
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
DePauw at Wooster
Video Preview Live stats
2:00 PM
Endicott at Norwich
Video Preview Live stats
2:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Allegheny
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Johns Hopkins at Moravian
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
WPI at Montclair State
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Muhlenberg at McDaniel
Video Preview Live stats
2:00 PM
Buffalo State at Morrisville State
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Rockford at Aurora
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at Concordia-Chicago
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Rhodes at Westminster (Mo.)
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Coe at Wartburg
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Luther at Buena Vista
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Macalester at St. Olaf
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Augsburg at St. Scholastica
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Gustavus Adolphus
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Central at Simpson
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Hamline at Carleton
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Bethel at St. John's
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at North Park
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Minnesota-Morris at Crown
Live stats
2:00 PM
Howard Payne at East Texas Baptist
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Alma at Martin Luther
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Eureka at Benedictine
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Loras at Nebraska Wesleyan
Video
2:00 PM
Greenville at Trinity International
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Illinois Wesleyan at Carthage
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Sewanee at Hendrix
Video Live stats
3:00 PM
Augustana at North Central (Ill.)
Video Live stats
3:00 PM
Washington U. at Elmhurst
Video Live stats
4:00 PM
Castleton at St. Lawrence
Video Live stats Audio
4:00 PM
Willamette at Pomona-Pitzer
Video Live stats
4:00 PM
Chapman at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Video Preview Live stats
5:00 PM
Southwestern at McMurry
Video Video Live stats Live stats
5:00 PM
Texas Lutheran at Sul Ross State
Video Video Live stats
6:00 PM
Keystone at Hobart
Video Live stats
6:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.) at Averett
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Geneva at Bethany
Video Preview Live stats
7:00 PM
Waynesburg at Carnegie Mellon
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Washington and Jefferson at Case Western Reserve
Video Live stats Audio
7:00 PM
Wittenberg at Denison
Video Preview Live stats
7:00 PM
Trine at Centre
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
St. Vincent at Thiel
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
St. Norbert at Lakeland
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Mary Hardin-Baylor
Video Live stats Audio
7:00 PM
Carroll at Millikin
Video Live stats
7:30 PM
Austin at Belhaven
Video Live stats
Sep. 25: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Washington and Jefferson at Case Western Reserve
Video Live stats Audio
7:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Mary Hardin-Baylor
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Muhlenberg at McDaniel
Video Preview Live stats
2:00 PM
Johns Hopkins at Moravian
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Mount Union at John Carroll
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Heidelberg at Baldwin Wallace
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Randolph-Macon
Video Live stats Audio Tickets
1:00 PM
Union at Utica
Video Live stats
3:00 PM
Augustana at North Central (Ill.)
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Western New England at Salisbury
Video Preview Live stats
2:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at North Park
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Bethel at St. John's
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Central at Simpson
Video Live stats Audio
4:00 PM
Chapman at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Video Preview Live stats